I was a big poster in the other GO thread but just wanted to clear up a few things here as I've just used it extensively to get over the Atlantic.
1. If you're using any type of low cost Sat comms to try to connect to the web and expect it to work like it does when you're at home you're an idiot.
2. I never used the web, nor would I. It's not designed for the web period. If you need this you should look into vastly more expensive hardware
and get ready for a monthly bills that will make you cry. You might get away with a few mobile type sites (think the old WEB days) but that's it.
3. The GO worked pretty much perfectly for me. But you have to learn how to use it. The satellites move overhead. If you try getting mail when they aren't in range it won't work.
There are two ways to get the device working well. One much better than the other.
a). You MUST have 5bars of signal constantly. If you see it flicker down to 4 or 3 it's not doing to work as you have maybe 1 sat just in range. 5 bars is a must.
b). Download the Weather4D Pro app. This will show you (in realtime) where the Iridium
Satellites are in the sky. Time your connections based off this. This is what I did over the Atlantic and it ALWAYS worked.
4. Keep your emails short. Don't just hit reply. Trim any old replies. The GO, and other Iridium
systems based on the same tech are so slow all this makes the difference. You have to work with the limits not try to push against them and then bitch about it.
5. You can set "BIG email" sizes so anything over a certain size will go into that folder first and then you can download if you want to. Use it.
6. Don't try downloading 120K GRIB files. It won't work. I did tests. The most you can download it around 20k-25k at a time. More than this and the satellite
will have moved overhead and it'll time out.
The same goes for emails. If you have more than say 10-20 small emails coming in per connection it's not going to work.
7. I didn't use an external aerial. I used the built in one and it worked fine. I actually read somewhere that someone did tests and the external one made no difference.
8. The email
app has tech built in so if your connection does time out it'll carry on from where it got to next time.
9. The APPs do still have bugs I agree. But none of them are show stoppers for what (I believe) the GO should be used for... Small emails, and small GRIB weather
10. One tip (for the guy who's inbox clogged up). Just set the BIG email
size to something very small. The next time you connect it'll send this info to the mail server. Then the time after that it'll just download the headers and place them all in the BIG email folder. You can then delete the offending larger emails that were causing the issues and set the size back to something a little more sensible.
That's it from me.